Premier Division: Booth 399-6 (Rob Laycock 104, Sharkey 86, Midgley 85), *Bridgeholme 179 (Sajjid 45, Kibble 43, Horsfall 5-33): pts 12-3. Warley 181-6 (Cowens 4-47), *Mytholmroyd 182-5 (Scholefield 100*): pts 4-11. *Southowram 216 (Pummell 53*, Crossley 53, Thorpe 5-56), Copley 167 (Rushton 72, Belfield 6-52): pts 12-5. Oxenhope 249-9 (Hopkinson 140, O Benson 4-38, R Benson 4-76), *SBCI 250-4 (S Wood 71*, Firth 54, Dalby 41): pts 4-11. Thornton 273-5 (J Hutchinson 127*, Burkill 44, R Soames 40*), *Sowerby St Peter’s 161 (Hoyle 46, J Hutchinson 4-26): pts 12-3. *Triangle 323 (Silkstone 69, Graham 52, Hemblys 5-98), Shelf Northowram HT 324-5 (Talbot 93, Hemingway 67, Malik 61): pts 4-12. First Division: *Clayton 120 (Beaumont 4-35, Buckley 4-66), Bradshaw 93 (Wilson 8-27): pts 12-3. Stones 101 (Jordan 6-41), *Great Horton PC 105-1 (Brown 52*): pts 1-12. Blackley 142-9 (Asif 59, Brooksby 4-35), *Illingworth St Mary's 143-2 (Sewell 60, Murfet 59*): pts 2-11. *Queensbury 163 (Challis 57, Dixon 4-51), Sowerby Bridge 165-8 (Richardson 44, Mellor 43*, Clough 5-47): pts 4-12. Second Division: Low Moor HT 185 (Stokes 54, Robinson 4-53), *Cullingworth 85: pts 12-3. *Greetland 119 (Arfat 7-46), Bradley & Colnebridge 122-4 (Iq Hussain 41): pts 2-12. *Old Town 180 (Dyson 5-61), Leymoor 135 (Ali 5-43): pts 12-4. *Outlane 264 (Davies 113, Brook 75, Mitton 44, Laher 6-18), Mount 266-3 (Gheewala 123*, Kayat 53*): pts 3-12. *Upper Hopton 234-9 (Fern 81), Luddendenfoot 235-8 (Broadbent 65, T Hosker 53): pts 5-11.
DIVISIONAL REPORTS Thornton retained its two-point lead at the top of the Premier Division with a comprehensive 112-run win at Sowerby St Peter’s, Joshua Hutchinson displaying his all-round talents. The visitors batted first and after Ben Birkill (44) had set the tone Hutchinson then proceeded to take the Sowerby bowling apart with 7 x 4’s and 10 x 6’s in a not out knock of 127 runs. Not content with that contribution he then proceeded to take 4-21, as second change bowler, and the home side fell to 161 all out. Second placed Booth enjoyed its trip down the A646 to Eastwood only failing by one run to top 400 and, at the same time, kept the small gap at the top to just two points. Rob Laycock (104), Ian Sharkey (86) and Jon Midgley (85) all enjoyed the delights of Bridgehome as the visitors piled up 399-6. The struggling bottom of the table team could not compete with that score and fell for 179 all out, with Nigel Horsfall cleaning up the lower order in taking 5-33. The championship hopes of Warley took a severe blow at Mytholmroyd to leave it 19 points adrift of the top spot, as two home players starred in a five-wicket win. The Paradise Laners were surprisingly restricted to 181-6 by a tight bowling display, best demonstrated by James Cowens’ analysis of 18-7-47-4. In Mytholmroyd’s reply, not to be outdone in the distribution of plaudits, Matthew Scholefield reached 100 not out with the winning runs to lift his team into fifth place. The players of Shelf Northowram HT had a satisfied look on their faces as they left Triangle, having successfully chased a target of 324 runs in a five-wicket maximum points return and, in the process, gaining revenge for its Parish Cup exit on the same ground just seven days ago. The winning chase was led by Harry Talbot (93), Oliver Hemingway (67) and Barbar Malik (61) to leave Triangle’s championship ambitions in grave doubt with this result, as it now has a 22 point gap to catch up. All twenty wickets fell at Southowram where visiting Copley failed to reach a middle-of-the-road 217 target by 49, despite William Rushton’s 72 runs. He eventually fell to Tom Belfield, one of the opening bowler’s victims in his match-winning 6-52. Previously Daniel Pummell (53 not out) and Dean Crossley (53) had kept the Rams innings flowing – their half-centuries proving vital at the finish. Oxenhope’s Lewis Hopkinson will still be trying to work out he finished on the losing team having scored 140 runs at SBCI. The No 5 batsman totally dominated the first innings, the next best score being 21, and a total of 249-9 looked a considerable challenge. And so it proved but SBCI was up for it with its top six batsmen all making good scores, led by the half-centuries of Simon Wood (71 not out) and Lewis Firth (54). The former guided his team home to a excellent six-wicket victory and at the same time dumping Copley into the bottom two alongside Bridgeholme.
In the First Division Illingworth St Mary’s continued its quest for Premier status with an eight-wicket win at The Ainleys against Blackley. Whilst thwarted of a maximum by the visitor’s last wicket pair it still enjoys a healthy twenty-point lead over third-placed Clayton. Blackley, 45-6 at one stage, was saved from embarrassment by Naeel Asif’s 59 but it was hardly enough as Matthew Sewell (60) and Daniel Murfet (59 not out) combined to see the Saints home. Great Horton PC remains in second place, thirteen points behind the leaders, after a nine-wicket home win against Stones. Matthew Jordan (6-41) ripped the visitor’s innings apart, as it lost nine wickets for 39 runs at one stage, and Christopher Brown’s 52 not out completed the task. Bowlers were well on top at Clayton, no more so than Sam Wilson who demolished the Bradshaw batting with a return of 12-6-27-8, the second best return in the League this season. The home team had batted first and it was all out in 27 overs for 120, Ricky Beaumont (4-35) and Aaron Buckley (4-66) doing the damage. Wilson’s later efforts however brought a 27-run win as Bradshaw capitulated to 93 all out. At 47-5 Sowerby Bridge was in trouble at Queensbury, chasing the home team’s total of 163 all out, but Sam Mellor (43 not out) and Ashton Richardson staged a recovery that squeezed a two-wicket win – the efforts of Joseph Clough (5-47) hardly deserving to be losing ones. Previously Oliver Challis had scored 57 and Jake Dixon had taken 4-51.
There was a very tight top-of-the–table clash at Upper Hopton, in the Second Division, as Luddendenfoot visited, and it was the Foot that came out on top by two wickets to go nine points ahead of its third placed promotion rivals. Batting first Hopton posted a respectable 234-9 with No 7 batsman Callum Fern (81) top-scoring. Foot’s top five batsmen all registering some good scores, Lee Broadbent (65) and Thomas Hosker (53) the pick, so victory looked straightforward, however panic set in. Batsmen Nos 6-9 managed just 12 runs between them and it was left to the batting of No 4 Charlie Holt-Conway (38 not out) to oversee the scramble over the finishing line. Bradley & Colnebridge encountered little problem on its short trip to Greetland dismissing the home team for 119 runs, Yasir Arfat (7-46) enjoying the track at The Holme. In reply an easy win came in the 20th over, Iqrar Hussain scoring a quick 41 to ensure maximum points. The surprise package of the season is turning out to be Old Town as it registered its fifth win, propelling it to the dizzy heights of fourth place in the table, the highest for some years. It now stands just thirteen points off a promotion spot as it sent Leymoor crashing, although, batting first the Town’s 180 all out did not look too formidable as Dean Dyson took 5-61. However the Golcar team’s batting must have been affected either by the 15-mile trip or the 916 feet altitude of Boston Hill as it served up a very poor effort, capitulating to 135 all out with its ‘top’ six batsmen managing a miserly 33 runs between them – Waqas Ali claiming 5-43. Mount lead the table by just two points from the Foot, its latest win coming at Outlane as it successfully chased a target of 265. The home team batted first and the scores of opener Alan Davies (113) and Chris Brook (75) were prominent in a total that was above par. There was one quirky fact from the innings that Mount’s skipper will no doubt have been reminded of by Fakir Laher, his eighth choice bowler. The latter took 6-18!! However the skipper does have a man in top batting form in Mahmad Gheewala and his 123 not out, combined with Mahmad Kayat’s 53 not out, ensured a maximum points return as early as the 36th over. Cullingworth continue to struggle at the bottom of the table and the visit of Low Moor HT brought no respite. The Moor batted first and with Mark Stokes contributing 54 runs, and other batsmen chipping in, a total of 185 was posted. It proved exactly 100 too many as the home side fell for 85 runs.